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Doylean Sites to See

If you know of a website we should add, please tell us: acdsocy@gmail.com.

Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Conan Doyle Review

Doings of Doyle

The Literary Agents

Edinburgh Conan Doyle Project

Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Toronto Public Library, Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Portsmouth City Libraries

The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd.

Doyleockian

Sher[UN]Locked


Doylean Publishers

Belanger Books

Wessex Press



Doylean Events

2024 January 11, 11:15 a.m.
ACD Society's Doylean Honors &
Running of the Wessex Cup
The Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY

2024 January 12, 10:30 a.m.
The Literary Agents

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Doylean News

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Why just Mastodon and Twitter? Because ACD used those two:

"You don't mean to say you really believe this stuff of his about mammoths and mastodons and great sea serpents?"
The Lost World

"There is a gentle hum of life which pervades a closely-settled country . . . . The twitter of birds, the buzz of insects, the far-off echo of voices . . . ."
The Poison Belt

If you find an instance of ACD using another social medium, please tell us!


Please tell us about your Doylean events and news so we can share them: acdsocy@gmail.com.


For up-to-date Sherlockian data, check the Sherlockian Calendar, Scuttlebutt, and The District Messenger.


2023 Membership Card
by Regina Stinson

January 17, 2023 — When you join the ACD Society for 2023 (look to your left for instructions), you will receive an unorthodox and excellent membership card. It is a bit taller than a conventional card, and it is perforated. These features will enable you to wear with pride (as Gerard surely did) and amusement (as ACD surely intended) the handsome medal Napoleon presented to Brigadier Gerard (as brilliantly interpreted by Regina Stinson), along with a few suitably Napoleonic words: "You will see ... that Brigadier Gerard has the special medal of honour, for I believe that if he has the thickest head he has also the stoutest heart in my army." Emperor Napoleon, speaking the last lines in The Medal of Brigadier Gerard (The Strand Magazine, December 1894). Cards will be mailed to current members later this week.


The Envelope, Please . . .

January 5, 2023 — It is with pleasure, pride, and great respect that we announce our 2023 Doylean Honorees.

For Lifetime Service:

Owen Dudley Edwards

For excellence in the "Fiction and Poetry" category:

Margie Deck for "Whitney’s Reflection" in Steel True, Blade Straight (Belanger Books)

Paul Hiscock for “The Ascent” in Steel True, Blade Straight (Belanger Books)

David Marcum for “The Unintended Offenses” in Steel True, Blade Straight (Belanger Books)

For excellence in the "Performing and Visual Arts" category:

Jessie Amaolo for Virtual Tour of A Study in Sherlock & His Creator (Toronto Public Library)

David MacGregor for Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost in the Machine (Purple Rose Theater Company)

Frank Cho for illustrations in Bonnie MacBird’s What Child is This?: A Sherlock Holmes Christmas Adventure (HarperCollins)

For excellence in the "Scholarly Writing" category:

Shrabani Basu her book, The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village (Bloomsbury)

Richard Fallon for “Rediscovering Lost Worlds: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Modern Romance of Palaeontology” in his book Reimagining Dinosaurs in Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature (Cambridge University Press)

Brian McCuskey for “Theory and Preaching, 1887-1930” in his book, How Sherlock Pulled the Trick: Spiritualism and the Pseudoscientific Method (Penn State University Press)

Congratulations to all! Look for a special Doings of Doyle podcast about the Doylean Honors. Coming soon.


Welcome to the Second Annual
Doylean Honors Ceremony

January 4, 2023 — Please join us tomorrow (Thursday, January 5, at 11:15 a.m. ET) either in person at The Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warren Street, NYC) or online at Doings of Doyle (register for free here) to celebrate excellence in Doylean Fiction and Poetry, Performing and Visual Arts, and Scholarly Writing, and to salute the Lifetime Service of one extraordinary Doylean — and to witness the first running (or rolling) of the Wessex Cup. See you at the Bookshop or online for the second annual Doylean Honors!


Doylean Honors and Wessex Cup at
The Mysterious Bookshop, and Online

January 4, 2023 — Join us tomorrow for the second annual Doylean Honors ceremony and the first running of the Wessex Cup at Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Bookshop. If you cannot be there in person, join us online here for the Doings of Doyle streaming broadcast. Pictured above: Practice pony posing in the winner's circle on our Wessex Cup track. Click on the picture for a bird's-eye view of the whole track, with the pony on the left crossing the finish line.


Wessex Cup Bracket Is Set

December 19, 2022 — The field for our inaugural Wessex Cup is complete. So, a bracket for the races can be set. Here it is. You know what to do now. And on January 5, starting at 11:15 a.m., you will be able to follow the action in person — if you attend the Doylean Honors ceremony at Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Bookshop — or online — if you register here for the Doings of Doyle streaming broadcast of the proceedings.


"A Common Newsletter" Is in the Mail:
“Who is this British writer and physician?" Asks "The Times"

December 14, 2022 — The third issue of the second year of our newsletter is en route to members worldwide (and has, we've heard, already arrived in some places). It points to some ancient history of ACD's Bignall Wood country estate, and to an amusing quiz question in "The Times" of London. There's another page from Margie Deck and Nancy Holder's "Blue John Gap" Project (with an essay by Tamar Zeffren), a reminder that our annual Doylean Honors ceremony at Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Bookshop — including our inaugural Wessex Cup — is just around the next bend of the calendar, on January 5, and, of course, more. Soon an electronic edition will be available for free right here.


The Return (Yet Again) of the Terror:
4 New Papers and MS Page 3 from the "Blue John Gap" Project

December 11, 2022 — Margie Deck and Nancy Holder have another batch of fascinating commentary on ACD's "The Terror of Blue John Gap" for us. Page 3 of their project is now online — with a facsimile (and transcription) of that page of ACD's autograph manuscript, accompanied by Margie and Nancy's own commentary ("'Strange how superstitious these countrymen are!': 19th Century Superstition in Derbyshire") and new essays by Tamar Zeffren ("Damning with Faint Praise: Dr. Hardcastle’s Impressions of Armitage") and John P. Knud-Hansen ("The Terror of Tuberculosis"). In addition, there are new papers on Page B by Jennifer L. Behrens ("Timeline of 'Terror': Provenance of the 'Blue John Gap' Autograph Manuscript") and on Page 1 by Robert S. Katz ("Imagination in the Infirmary"). Read and relish!


Wessex Cup Stables for Sale

November 24, 2022 — We have completed construction and population of 16 stables for our first running of The Wessex Cup. The Cup will be run in tandem with our second annual Doylean Honors ceremony on January 5 at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop, starting at 11:15 a.m. ACD Society members get first dibs on Wessex Cup stable purchases until November 30. Interested? You can see a stable, and possibly buy one, here.


A Lagniappe Issue of
"A Common Newsletter"

November 7, 2022 — Sometime soon, members will receive a small extra issue of our Society's periodical. It is mostly an appreciation — partly by ACD, partly by the Society — of Sir Nigel, and slightly a reminder that sometime soon would be a good time to renew your membership.


A Wessex Cup Full of Firsts
Added to Doylean Honors

October 14, 2022 — When we gather to applaud Doylean Honors winners at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop on January 5 of the 2023 BSI Weekend, we will also witness the first running of a new kind of Wessex Cup. For details, read the first issue of The Doylean Sporting Times (otherwise known as the "New Pink 'Un").


It's Time to Nominate Excellent
"Performing & Visual Arts"
for Doylean Honors

September 9, 2022 — The nomination form for the "Performing & Visual Arts" category of our annual Doylean Honors is online here. (The forms for our other categories — Fiction & Poetry and Scholarly Writing — are here and here.) Please complete forms in as many categories as you like. Tell us whose work deserves recognition at our awards ceremony on January 5 of the 2023 BSI Weekend, at 11:15 a.m. at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.


Sir Nigel and Sherlock at the
Society of Illustrators

September 7, 2022 — The Society of Illustrators in NYC is hosting "Artist vs. Author" from September 8 to October 22. The exhibition includes ancient and modern original works by illustrators of ACD: Joseph Clement Coll (Sir Nigel, 1905-1906) and Sergio Martinez (numerous Sherlock stories, 1986-1998). The relevant pages of the catalog are here. Yes, it includes prices, because the Coll and Martinez and works are also for sale. For more information, click the links in this post, or email (senbach@hotmail.com) or call (646-261-7038) show manager Zaddick Longenbach.


The Doylean Honors Are Back!
It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite
Fiction, Poetry, and Scholarship

August 24, 2022 — Nomination forms for the "Fiction & Poetry" and "Scholarly Writing" categories of our annual Doylean Honors are now online here and here (and by clicking on the purple and yellow images). Please complete a form (or more than one) to tell the selection committees whose work from 2021 and 2022 deserves recognition at our awards ceremony, scheduled for Thursday (January 5) of the 2023 BSI Weekend, at 11:15 a.m. at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.


Doyle Dinos Rule!
"A Common Newsletter" Is in the Mail

August 11, 2022 — The second issue of the second year of our newsletter is en route to members worldwide (and has, we've heard, already arrived in some places). It points to some new respect for an old film based on ACD's "The Lost World" and an architect's vision of ACD's first mansion. There's another page from Margie Deck and Nancy Holder's "Blue John Gap" Project (with an essay by Peter Blau), a reminder that time is running out to register for Jubilee@221B (the conference The Bootmakers of Toronto and The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection are hosting on September 23-25), and, of course, more. Soon an electronic edition will be available for free right here.


Terrifying Update: 4 New Papers and MS Page 2 from the "Blue John Gap" Project

August 7, 2022 — Margie Deck and Nancy Holder have been busy developing and editing new commentary about ACD's classic horror story, "The Terror of Blue John Gap." They've launched the Page 2 portion of their project, with a facsimile (and transcription) of page 2 of ACD's autograph manuscript, accompanied by their own commentary and new essays by Peter E. Blau ("What is Blue John?"), Elinor Gray Howell ("The Victorian Superfluous Woman"), and Peter Adrian Behravesh ("Doyle & 'The Arabian Nights'"). In addition, there is a new paper on Page C by Roberta Pearson ("'So the old dog returns to his vomit': 'The Terror of Blue John Gap' and Arthur Conan Doyle's Readers"). Read and relish!


"A Common Newsletter"
Is in the Mail

May 18, 2022 — The first issue of the second year of our newsletter — featuring news about the latest ACD exhibition at the Toronto Public Library (curated by Jessie Amaolo), a page from Margie Deck and Nancy Holder's "Blue John Gap" Project, a tidbit about the Mirankers' "221 Objects" book, and more — is in the mail to members. Soon an electronic edition will be available for free right here.


"The Terror of Blue John Gap" Project
Launched by Deck & Holder

April 18, 2022 — Late last year we announced that Margie Deck and Nancy Holder (pictured above, left and right, with a terrified Dr. James Hardcastle between them) had agreed to co-edit a new annotated edition of ACD's classic horror story, "The Terror of Blue John Gap." Since then, Margie and Nancy have been developing this project in more directions, and in more interesting ways, than we could have imagined. Now they are ready to go public. You can read their introductory essay — Welcome to "The Terror of Blue John Gap" Project & All Our Questions — and a whole lot more at their new website. You can also get there by clicking on the "Terror of Blue John Gap" image at the top right-hand corner of this page. Go! Now! Look for more news (and imagery) about this project in the next issue of A Common Newsletter later this spring. (Photo of Nancy Holder courtesy of Erin Underwood.)


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